ALDI Inc. East Coast Regional Headquarters and Distribution Center
Award of Merit
Owner: ALDI Inc.
Architect, Structural Engineer & MEP Engineer: AE Design Inc.
General Contractor & Design-Builder: A M King
Civil Engineer: The Timmons Group
Subcontractors: SteelFab Inc. (Structural Steel), The Fricks Co. (High-Density Concrete Flooring), Midland Engineering Co. (Roofing)
Delivering a large greenfield distribution center and regional headquarters on an 81-acre site, the design-build team minimized environmental impacts by protecting onsite wetlands and the adjacent Five Forks Civil War battlefield. The project team did this by installing retaining walls along the wetlands, relocating truck parking spaces and developing best management practices.
A permit from the U.S Army Corps of Engineers and Virginia Dept. of Environmental Quality was required to develop the historic site. In addition, a cultural resources study was conducted on the entire site to identify possible artifacts and troop movement data, the team says.
The 580,732-sq-ft project was delivered on time and within budget.
The team installed a central plant ammonia refrigeration system, high-density concrete flooring and high-end dock equipment.
The proximity of a precast plant that could produce load-bearing panels resulted in a $1.2-million savings to the owner, the team says. The decision to use precast over tilt panel also allowed for “better control over the project schedule,” the team says.
As a safe and cost-effective alternative to installing a parapet wall around the entire roof, the project team provided for permanent tie-off points tied directly to the structural steel. This let workers tie off anywhere on the roof where the parapet was low enough to create a fall-protection hazard.